Creative nonfiction




Lying on a secluded beach and hearing the crash of the waves is one of the most relaxing moments in the world. For me, at least. There is something soothing about that rhythmic movement, the expected sounds. The waves will always crash on the shore. There is certainty in that. They are consistent. The ocean never changes its mind.

For some, the ocean is a scary place. Not just for the sea creatures that dwell deep in it but also for the waves. The very same waves can grab hold of a person in a rip. They can smash against a surfboard or capsize a boat. And yet. they will still return back to shore, with or without their prey.

Maybe it’s that consistency — that dependability — of the ocean that draws me to it. On a hot summer’s day, I can be lying on the sand, soaking up the sun and immersed in a book. Yet, my ears are finely tuned to those waves crashing. In winter, I may resort to walking on the beach and smelling the salt in the crisp air. Yet again, I  notice the gentle ebb and flow of the waves. Rain, hail or shine, night or day, the ocean makes sure its waves come crashing back onto the shore. Always dependable.

If only human beings were this consistent.

While the ocean may not be predictable — furious one day, calm the next — it is consistent in where it will be. On the other hand, human beings say one thing but do another. They behave one way at a certain point in time and completely different at another. It’s no wonder I have lost faith in some people. That I am just waiting for the next time to be let down.

I know when that happens again, I will weep. I might sob. My heart will break. And then, it will be time to pick up those broken pieces and fit them together the best way I can and take myself back to the ocean — the one thing I can truly depend on. The sound of the waves will soothe my soul, the taste of salt sprayed on my lips will calm me down, and the feel of the water on my bare feet will cleanse me.

Slowly, the tears will dry up.

‘I’m here for you,’ the ocean says as I leave, reminding me again that this is where I will truly be at peace.

(c) Sanch Vee @ Sanch Writes (11 April 2016. Originally a free write in my journal on 1 January 2016)

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  • Nabanita
    12 April 2016 at 6:31 pm

    I have been let down so many time by friends that I don’t really believe so much in friendship..I cannot explain how much I have been hurt and judged…So, I know what you mean..I know what you mean about people not being dependable and consistent..My first reaction is to think the worse of people these days..I have just become this person..And like you find peace watching the ocean, I find peace being alone at home , reading with some music in the background

  • Lata Subramanian
    13 April 2016 at 2:08 pm

    I, too, find the sounds of the ocean (and Nature elsewhere) soothing to the soul. As for people, long ago I realised that people don’t let me down; my expectations of them do. Each of us walk a solitary path in life and sometimes, those with you may choose to walk with you for a bit and then branch off. It’s their quest. Unfortunately, guilt leads most of them to lay the blame on the one they want to leave behind. That hurts till one sees that it’s on them, not you.

  • Manish Purohit
    13 April 2016 at 10:44 pm

    The opening para of the post kept me glued and yearn for more & the concluding para does perfect justice to the wonderful write up. The nature surely has its own way to give solace to the restless soul, the sound of waves, the pattern of drizzle, the gusty winds…all in one way or the other provide solace to the wandering soul. One of the better piece of writing, I read offlately – seem to echo my sentiments at places. Thanks for making me feel good…Would re-read the same again 🙂

    14 April 2016 at 2:04 am

    I like the symbolism you have used here. It is true, the ocean is so consistent and persistent in what it does. We need to learn a lot of things from Mother Nature.

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  • Mary Hill
    14 April 2016 at 2:07 am

    So beautiful. I love that the ocean never moves and is predictable and dependable. I view my Jesus that way too. Thanks for sharing.